Modern renovation designs and new home design technology has advanced to the point where homeowners have some amazing options. Those options include features such as movable exterior walls that help open up smaller rooms and bring indoor living outdoors. What that means for flooring is that there are exciting possibilities that help homeowners create a seamless expansion simply by matching indoor flooring in outdoor spaces. Here is a look at how that might work.
Natural Stone — It is a Perfect Indoor-Outdoor Medium
Natural stone is literally made to hold up to outdoor weather, and it has been used for centuries indoors too. The options are incredible and include beautiful choices such as granite, marble, travertine, bluestone, limestone, and many others. In terms of design, the idea is to match the stone used indoors and carry that same color and pattern outdoors.
That is fairly easy to do especially with stone such as limestone, which offers a fairly dense color pattern that ranges from black to blue, and to green to brown. Limestone is a sedimentary rock so don’t expect much crystalline glitz like you find with granite. Granite is another outstanding option for indoor and outdoor use. The color range with granite is pretty much from black to white with healthy doses of grays, greens, reds, pinks, and browns available.
You can achieve the same look with the metamorphic stones such as marble, travertine, and potentially even serpentine. Marble and travertine are beautiful in small or large tiles, but travertine really shows off its versatility when used in a set pattern. The characteristics of the stone are intricate and that “pops” when you start to use it in a small pattern.
Stone works well for most projects especially if you are creating an extension to a kitchen or an outdoor entertainment area for dinner parties, summer meals, or even something more intimate.
Wood Tile for Outdoor Use
One of the more interesting options is wood tiles for outdoor use. These are not the same types of wood that you’d use for a hardwood floor, but with staining, you can match the color. This type of project does not work as well as natural stone but do not discount its effect. Wood tiles for outdoor use work well to help create the illusion that your living room extends outside to your deck or patio area.
Wood works well on projects that are entertainment-based such as an outdoor living room. Wood offers a warmth that you don’t always get with natural stone or tile. The maintenance on wood flooring for outdoor use is a little more involved than with natural stone. Wood needs to be treated to help it repel water and it needs to be sealed to help it fight off the effects of weather.
Tile Is Another Option for Outdoor Use
Ceramic tile is another option for outdoor use, but it comes with a word of warning. Not all types of floor tiles should be used outdoors as tile can be very slick when wet. The advantage of using tile is that you control the pattern. This means that you can create exact shapes, colors, and textures. Another downside to tile is that it tends to get hot in the sun. There are, however, ways to make tile work. You can combine tile with stone as an accent to the stone. You can opt for untreated or unglazed tile such as terracotta or even adobe.
When you decide to renovate or design a home, consider the benefits of using flooring that helps tie your outdoor living spaces into your indoor areas. The result adds value to your property, increases your enjoyment and quality of living while giving your the appearance of a bigger and more open home. If you’re ready to get to work on your new outdoor space or any other room in the house, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu a call today to schedule a free in-home consultation!
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